Top Conifers Picks By Southeast Reference Gardens

In 2011 poll conducted at the SE Region meeting in Athens, GA, the top favorite conifer picks from SE Reference Gardens.

Georgia

Lockerly Arboretum, Milledgeville

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans Nana’

Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola ‘Brodie’

Platycladus orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’

Smith Gilbert Garden, Kennesaw

Cedrus deodara ‘Gold Cone’

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Verdon’

Platycladus orientalis ‘Morgan’

State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA

Juniperus virginiana ‘Grey Owl’

Pinus virginiana ‘Wate’s Golden’

Platycladus orientalis ‘Morgan’

North Carolina

J.C.Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh

Momi fir (Abies firma)

Calocedrus macrolepis var. formosana

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rein’s Dense Jade’

Pinus wallichiana ‘Zebrina’

Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Royal Flush’

Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum ’Prairie Sentinel’

South Carolina

S.C. Botanical Garden, Clemson

Platycladus orientalis ‘Filiformis Pendula’

Sequoia sempervirens

Tsuga diversifolia

Tennessee

East TN State University Arboretum, Johnson City

Pseudolarix kaempferi

Sciadopitys verticillata

Thujopsis dolobrata

University of TN Gardens, Jackson

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’

Platycladus orientalis ‘Franky Boy’

Thuja orientalis ‘Morgan’

University of TN Gardens, Knoxville

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Glauca Pendula’

Chamaecyparis obtusa’ Spirited’

Juniperus deppeana ‘McFetter’s Blue’

Pinus densiflora ‘Aurea’

Platycladus orientalis ‘Franky Boy’

Virginia

Al Gardner Memorial Conifer Garden at J.Sargeant Reynolds Comm.College, Goochland

Cham. obtusa ‘Loughead’

Pinus parviflora ‘Tanima-no-yuki’

State Arboretum of Virginia, Boyce

Cupressus arizonica

Pinus pungens

Sciadopitys verticillata

Some of the conifers listed above turned up in several descriptions:

Japanese Umbrella Pine – Sciadopitys verticillata, (zones 5 – 8a)

Platycladus orientalis ‘Franky Boy’ (zones 6 to 8a)

Thuja orientalis ‘Morgan’ (zones 6 to 8a)

Source: American Conifer Society, SE Region, August 2013 Newsletter

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